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Minilux Q regarding E02 Error

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I am shooting more with the Minilux now, and quite enjoy it. This morning I took it out, and briefly it would stop operating and show the E02 error, but then commenced to work as usual. It was quite cold (below freezing).

Is the famous E02 error that killed so many Minilux something that comes and stays or is this brief appearance a sign that mine will go soon too? Only curious because I am leaving on a trip next week and wonder if I can risk taking it....

 

I shot it over the weekend and see what happens. Still, feedback from experienced Minilux users would be appreciated.

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It's a well known issue with the Minilux. My first Minilux (brand new) got the error from the very first picture. It was replaced with another new Minilux that is still working but I do not use it anymore since I'm using the CM's.

 

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I tried both but favoured the CM which is a more refined camera with improvements over its predecessor. Why not look for a good CM because once you get the error message, uncertainty will remain with you.

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Hi! Thanks!

The Minilux seems to work fine now, but I was wondering if complete EO2 failure is immanent. The CM looks fine - just a bit pricey, and I have a Contax T3 as main compact for important work.

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My Minilux worked flawlessly for several months. The E02 happened suddenly while I was photographing mountain scenery on a hike. Leica repaired it under warranty. I've never heard of an intermittent E02.

 

Several years later the Minilux was stolen in a burglary. It was on a sofa next to a Leica M6 with a 50mm Summicron. The culprit took the Minilux but not the M6.

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The story at one time was that the E02 error was caused by a faulty ribbon cable connecting the main body to the lens module. If this is indeed the case it would seem that the cable (or its connector) is beginning to fail; to my mind I fear that this may not augur well for the future.

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Dear all

I'm an old and very interested reader of this forum but this is my first post.

About Minilux E02, is true that the problem is the ribbon cable that conect the lens module, is weak and a bit short for its movement and elasticity and because that it can cut the thin metalic conductors.

Here in Porto, Portugal, there is a small repair company that easily change the ribbon and so fix the problem.

By the way, Leica CM can suffer the same problem, I have both, Minilux and CM, fixed by changing the ribbons, for a price as far as I remember, around seventy Euros each.

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Dear all

I'm an old and very interested reader of this forum but this is my first post.

About Minilux E02, is true that the problem is the ribbon cable that conect the lens module, is weak and a bit short for its movement and elasticity and because that it can cut the thin metalic conductors.

Here in Porto, Portugal, there is a small repair company that easily change the ribbon and so fix the problem.

By the way, Leica CM can suffer the same problem, I have both, Minilux and CM, fixed by changing the ribbons, for a price as far as I remember, around seventy Euros each.

 

Antonio, welcome to the Forum.

 

That is very useful indeed to know. Could you give us the details of the company that can do this repair work?

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Antonio welcome to the forum and your very useful repair information. Please post the contact for the benefit of owners.

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Antonio and Masjah, thank you!

I have fitted my Minilux with a tubus to take filters - now I can leave the camera in stand-by (lens does not retract) and hopefully avoid the error for some time to come...

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Dear masjah, David and Peter

Thank you for your kind answers, here´s the contact:

 

Máquinas Fotográficas | Reparação | Equipamentos Fotográficos | Fototécnica | Porto

 

The owner is Rui Garcia, a nice person that I´m sure will be happy to help.

Is office is in the center of Porto.

I´ll call him next monday let him know that some people will ask about in his work.

I apologise for my english, but I believe it´s better than your portuguese.

Regards

Antonio

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Antonio, thank you. While at present my CM is OK, it is useful to know a recommended repair specialist. Thank you.

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I just wanted to report that I recently sent my pristine "sleeping beauty" Minilux with the dreaded E02 for repair  to porto, and h received back a fully functioning camera. The service was quick, communication good, and no issues!

 

UPDATED DETAILS FOR THE REPAIR SERVICE:

Pedro Dolores
Rua Dom Jeronimo de Azevedo 470 4º Andar Casa 41
4250-238 Porto
Portugal
Email ; leicareparacao@gmail.com

cameras he repairs:

Leica minilux
Leica Minilux Zoom
Leica CM

Ricoh R1
Ricoh GR1

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I bought an used minilux, shoot a few rolls and put it on my bookselves after then for more than 10 years. I may take it out , touch it, and then put it back occasionally. I want to take it day to day again but dare not because I am worried about the E02 issue which may come suddenly.

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9 hours ago, luoyiigsnrr said:

I want to take it day to day again but dare not because I am worried about the E02 issue which may come suddenly.

If you don’t use the Minilux, it doesn’t matter if it is broken or not. Therefore, you have nothing to lose, and much to gain, if you start using the camera regularly.

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